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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
53% Superfly (2018) Though buoyed by some good performances and heaps of style, Superfly nevertheless scans more as a snazzy long-form video than a meaty drama. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
56% Tag (2018) With its bro-bonding themes and gross-outs gags, Tag recalls The Hangover films but with fewer laughs and a palpable mean streak.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
No Score Yet M/M (2018) The debut from Toronto director Lint is an ambitious erotic thriller that leaves us with a perspective not unlike watching insects couple and devour each other in a terrarium.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
85% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Esteemed director Denis' latest may seem like a frothy rom-com but it carries tremendous gravitas thanks to its source material and great performance by Juliette Binoche.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
40% Kayak to Klemtu (2018) For better or worse, this is the sort of issue-oriented film that teachers like to show to middle-school classes.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
86% Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018) As an archival record of the time, Boom for Real is fascinating but as an artist's biography, it's too narrow a window to be useful. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
17% Show Dogs (2018) If you seriously need a talking dog movie, go see Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs instead.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
94% RBG (2018) This conventional documentary about an extraordinary woman is elevated by the integrity of its subject.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
25% Breaking In (2018) Actor/producer Union's motivation to make this discount home invasion thriller is clear, but it fails to equal (or elevate) her talents.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
C-plus 70% The Seagull (2018) While there are no weak performances here, the cast is working in a vacuum of context. The Seagull, a movie about characters without a sense of purpose, suffers from the same problem.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
100% A Cambodian Spring (2018) A visceral, complex film that should come with a "For further study" list... ‐ POV Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
52% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan runs with the theme of class paranoia that also fuelled Eli Roth's recent Death Wish albeit with less logic or panache.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
45% Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) The best moments in director Fly's middling film are about character, not action. Yet it does go in its anticlimactic way to a place where thrillers rarely dare: the ethical grey zone.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) A beautiful, luminous film and one of the year's best.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
100% The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2018) This modern-day western noir conveys an astute directorial presence buoyed by strong performances and music and impressionistic handheld camerawork.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
95% Zama (2018) Martel's confounding and brilliant fourth feature reaffirms her status as an essential art-house filmmaker of the new millennium.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
25% Eye on Juliet (2017) Nguyen's film offers an interesting concept but its execution is clunky, and it's woefully tone deaf. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
78% Indian Horse (2018) Indian Horse blunts the edges of a vivid personal drama in favour of an inarguably correct public service announcement.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) The demon's favourite trick is to inhabit someone's face, stretching it into a Joker smirk before saying in a distorted voice, "Truth or Dare!" That trick happens about 20 times in the movie and it never fails to not shock.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) This strikingly well-crafted film is a return to director Ramsay's singular strength as a filmmaker: radical empathy for damaged, vulnerable characters.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
B 73% Final Portrait (2018) Tucci seems content to focus on the conventional, the artist's self-doubt and obsession, without addressing what Giacometti saw in Lord or what he was searching for. Why is this portrait, which sold for more than $20-million, artistically significant?‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
A 92% Journey's End (2018) What might have slipped into cliche feels timeless here, thanks to Saul Dibb's taut adaptation and the cast's understated performances. Fear and distraction approaches theatre of the absurd, especially Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
C 73% Ready Player One (2018) Like watching high-speed drone footage, flying over a flea market, filled with outdated game consoles, posters, forgotten DVDs and CDs. It should be fun in a geeky way, but there's little humour and character engagement‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
51% Flower (2018) Its performances are fine - Deutch is sassy and vivacious and Hahn a reliable hot mess - but Flower never manages to justify its puerile premise.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
C 25% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) Curiously old-fashioned, with Germans, Israelis, Palestinians and French speaking accented English. Particularly caricaturistic are Marson's Shimon Perez, all caterpillar eyebrows and sneers, and Pike, a pill-popping revolutionary with a faraway stare. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
A-plus 96% Foxtrot (2018) The film is less an indictment than a diagnosis of a collective pathology: Israel's cycle of violence and grief is an obsessive-compulsive dance, the "foxtrot" of the title, where you advance and retreat and end up exactly where you started.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Evaluated as a straight procedural, Thoroughbreds is neither especially inventive nor plausible. But it excels in characterization and performances.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
C 18% Death Wish (2018) Guns, for all their destruction, are a wussy, arm's-length way to exact vengeance, and Dr. Kersey seems like a video game avatar. Roth, whose films earned the "torture porn" label, could have plunged much deeper into the theme of a blood debt.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
B-minus 74% Mom and Dad (2018) A high-concept, low-taste movie about virally-infected parents, programmed to attack their children. Cage offers his most exhilaratingly wacky performance since Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
B-minus 83% Game Night (2018) A genially sloppy farce with some good laughs and a cast to enjoy. Bateman's "Can you believe this crap?" gaze as, a response to modern life, should probably be enshrined as an emoji.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
A-minus 93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) His Oscar nom is unlikely to elicit Russian pride. Zvyagintsev shows Putin-era middle-class Moscow as a realm of vanity, hate and heartless neglect, amid a visual style of wintry wetness and desaturated landscapes.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
77% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Kurosawa's parable about the prisons we carry about with us is thought-provoking and occasionally witty, but not concise. The Japanese title literally means "Strolling Aliens", a clue to how much the movie meanders.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
95% Spettacolo (2017) A beautiful, melancholic rumination on the struggle to preserve cultural tradition in the face of modern economic forces.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
94% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) Vega brings a real power and torch-song majesty to her character's story, showing how creativity is born in those fearful moments when life refuses to provide us with a script.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
62% Peter Rabbit (2018) Although it's far removed from the water-colour delicacy of Beatrix Potter's garden-patch tales, the new CGI-plus-live-action Peter Rabbit movie has a lot of boisterous hop to it.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) There's one thing you can say for this ridiculous new horror: It finally acknowledges the right of ghosts to bear arms. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) Though well-meaning and crafted, the film is also a Hollywood-ized version of history, doubtless the reason it's up for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
62% Hollow in the Land (2017) Where Hollow in the Land falters is when it trades emotional depth for commercial action thrills. The film's second half seems to have been invaded by a cop-show parasite.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) Big-screen military fireworks are a signature of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and in that department 12 Strong doesn't disappoint. Things blow up good. Believability? Not so much...‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) While no one wants to blame people for being smart, optimistic and cocky, The Final Year ends up feeling like a parable about hubris. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
28% Proud Mary (2018) Action scenes have the creaky familiarity of vintage TV cop shows, right down to the music. Even Tina Turner's smouldering version of the John Fogerty classic that gives the movie its title fails to raise goose-bumps.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2018
68% Happy End (2017) There is something theatrically contrived about placing the extended Laurent family all under one roof, a set-up you rarely see outside of television. And indeed, Happy End has the quality of a deranged sitcom.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
91% Phantom Thread (2018) Is it about the artist and his muse? A Pygmalion story? Beauty and the Beast? My impression was it was a character study of human duality and the quest for fulfillment. All seem possible without quite seeming sufficient.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 5, 2018
87% The Post (2018) Even that favourite visual cliche of the newspaper movie, the collage of rolling presses and papers hitting the street, is edited with a fresh ferocity, as "hot lead" type seems to be forged into word bullets for battle.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) A thin layer of gender jokes around a lot of recycled Indiana Jones predicaments, cliffs, snakes, monuments and charging animals. Manages to be feel both too eventful and monotonous at the same time‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) It's a modern musical clinging to antique musical fundamentals. As for the story, I would quote the immortal words of Jumbo the Elephant's stable boy: "What a load."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
71% Ferdinand (2017) The big job of the feature is to add 101 minutes to the eight-minute classic - which Ferdinand does with chases, a surfeit of characters and amusing set pieces (think bull in a china shop). ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Dim the Fluorescents (2018) It's uplifting to discover a debut film so open to showing both its artifice and heart on its sleeve.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2017
94% Chavela (2017) A serial seducer of women, she had a relationship with artist Frida Kahlo, and a one-night stand with Ava Gardner. Kyi's film does an effective job of showing how Chavela's life was as intense as her music.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) The Other Side of Hope is less biting than the director's other recent films (Le Havre, The Man Without a Past) but the droll humanity his work occupies always feels worth revisiting.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017